As part of the overall development of a new Three Counties Medical School, the University of Worcester are looking for an innovative virtual learning environment to enable sharing, communication and collaboration.
The University of Worcester has been one of the UK’s fastest growing universities during the past decade, with the full-time student population growing by 11% over the past five years alone.
Over the past 70 years, the university has built on their origins as a provider of outstanding teacher training to offer a broad academic portfolio, with undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research courses spanning the arts, humanities, science, health, sport, education, business and law.
Given the extensive experience and proven success, the University has begun the process of creating its own school to educate medical doctors. This is a logical strategic development for the University, which builds on existing staff expertise, relationships with placement providers, professional regulatory bodies and existing university facilities. This will benefit our students, the NHS and wider public
The Three Counties Medical School will be situated in a region that is extensively rural. Herefordshire in particular remains one of the least densely populated areas of England. It is widely recognised that to attract GPs to such a rural location they either have to have been born or lived, or have undertaken their training, in the area. This reflects the University’s experience that 72% of graduates in nursing and midwifery in 2015/16 stayed to work in the West Midlands.
The four acute hospitals in the region provide the great majority of the secondary services needed by the population. This mix of provision (casemix and service provision) is at an appropriate level for undergraduate medical education; students will also find them a fulfilling place to work.
As part of the delivery of the Three Countries Medical School they would like to procure an innovative virtual learning environment (VLE). To find out more information and to submit your innovation please visit Meridian, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s (WMAHSN) interactive online health innovation exchange for the West Midlands.